we could all use a friend like holly (noisette)

Tea1I recently received a parcel that was sent to my store office. When the building’s landlord told me that I had package waiting for me, my first reaction was that one of my items was delivered unsuccessfully. Already mentally preparing to contact the buyer, rewrap the item, and send it back with a discount for the inconvenience (my mind works quickly), the last thing that I was expecting was a little box that was addressed to me, from Holly.

Tea2Sometimes I forget that readers actually take in the aspects of my life that I blog about. Sure, if you read HSB, you probably know a little something about the house that I’m building, or that I own a few pets, or that I’m married. Those of you who truly follow my life, know more about me and it than I give you credit for. Not only did the card have antlers on it and a beautiful handwritten note, but what was inside was one of my all-time favourite foods in tea format. Plus, it came from halfway around the world. Who does that? Only the sweetest person ever.

Tea3I certainly don’t know what the true measure of a friend is. I think that varies for each and every individual. However, Holly is a pretty damn good one. On days like this, I am once again thankful for the blogging community in regards to introducing me to some really great people. Click on Holly’s blog, and say hello. Honestly. We could all benefit from having a friend like her.

<3

Emory

in september.

Leaf.jpgIs anyone else on the same page with me when I say that each month just seems to fly by? As I predicted in August, September was a very hectic month for me. Let’s recap what exactly happened:

PTPI revealed to you guys that I was starting up my own vintage, handmade, and clothing store. With only a few days from the grand opening, I am still hurriedly trying to get last minute details together.

1.jpgThis month I introduced you to one new, one recycled, and one recipe from a lovely guest blogger. The theme this month was apparently sweet treats, but would you really expect anything else during the end of a long, hot summer?

11.jpgWe went on a small road trip where I visited my first antique mall. I bought many amazing vintage items, most of which are now available in my store. We also took Holly and Truman along with us, and made it a proper family vacation. :-)

DSC_0667I reviewed yet another dream cabin of mine, and showed you my inspiration for our mudroom and living room.

10.jpgI finally revealed the progress of The Little Barn, which admittedly was long overdue. It’s by far my favourite (and only) house we’ve ever built.

tom-hardy-with-pup-on-new-film-animal-rescue-1I reviewed a hit song and offered another version of it, an incredibly good movie starring Tom Hardy, and most recently, this film.

4.jpgI discussed what it was really like living on an acreage, and then scheduled a photo shoot with our pet family in the countryside.

9.jpgWe also had a flower-inspired shoot here.

5.jpgLast, but not least, this was my latest, and one of my cutest, DIY posts.

1.jpgSee you in October!

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Emory

have you seen haveheart

img_1840Well, my little freelancing and rhubarb-loving butt has done it again! Ok, maybe not little, but the latter two statements are true! This month on HaveHeart, I have written an article on Rhubarb Mush. Avid readers of my blog will remember reading the original post here. However, it’s been all spiffied up with my editor Heather’s magic fingers. Why not take a look? I think that you will enjoy reading it again. :-)

img_1836Rhubarb Mush Recipe

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Emory

in august

2.jpgHello, friends. The end of August is only a few days away, which means that summer is also coming to an end. I can’t quite believe it. Let’s take a look back at how crazy and fun the past few weeks have been.

8We took a road trip to one of my favourite Canadian cities.

01sweet potato tortillas12I made a delicious sweet treat while Holly guest blogged her savoury delight.

KirstyD_SMEG3.jpgI posted my fridgespare bedroom, and lighting inspiration for you.

photo_03I reviewed one of this year’s best films, and gave a sneak peek at my number one TV series.

2.jpgI also shared two DIYs with you, here and here.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.51.38 PMAll in all, it was a great month. I’m predicting that next month is going to be even busier! 

Let’s all enjoy our last weekend in August.

<3

Emory

 

a damn good rhubarb dessert

01Hey guys. One quick question. Do you like rhubarb? I mean, really like it? Like it more than any other vegetable around? I do. I just cannot get enough of this tart treat. I actually tried rhubarb flavoured soda the other day at a vegan restaurant, and it was the best soda that I’ve ever had. Like, ever.

One thing that I look forward to every summer is adding rhubarb to all of my desserts. Whether it’s in pie, muffins, cake, crumble, or a sauce all by its lonesome, whichever foods are socially acceptable to combine it with, I will be doing it. I guaran-damn-tee it!

Sort of as a joke, but also out of curiosity, I picked up an old cookbook at the library called “The Hutterite Community Cookbook.” Old as in 2002. Which, in today’s standards, with the millions of new food fads and diets out there, that’s ancient. However, it is the 3rd expanded edition, so you know that whatever kick-ass recipes are in the book have been tried and perfected among the Hutterites. Maybe I shouldn’t have put kick-ass and Hutterite in the same sentence. Twice.

05FYI, the copyright page in this cookbook informs me that, “No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical … without permission in writing from the publisher.” So I apologize in advance to any members of the Hutterite colony for using, albeit tweaking, one of their rhubarb recipes (not to mention swearing in this post). Feel free to contact me if you would like me to remove it. Until then, all is fair in love and war (and baking)!

03Rhubarb Cake:

Cake:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
2 cups chopped rhubarb
2 tbsp cinnamon

Icing:

3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter

splash of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

07Steps:

1. Cream sugar, butter, and eggs together. Add remaining ingredients in order given; mix well. 

2. Pour into a large, greased cake pan. Spread evenly.

3. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool.

4. Combine icing in medium bowl. Spread evenly over cake. 

5. Place in refrigerator until its ready to eat!

06This was honestly such an amazing dessert. If I were to change one thing, it would be to line the bottom of the cake pan with a crumble. Other than that, chalk up one major success to the Hutterites!

<3

Emory

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